Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, life has been fragile, fearful, and composed of mourning for many. We are now over 700,000 deaths in America and that number is continuing to rise quickly.
When vaccines were introduced, there was a brief period of time where it felt like we were heading down the path of normality returning. Unfortunately for not only us, but the rest of the world as well, the Delta variant caught significant traction and brought us more devastation at a rapid rate.
Vaccinations were helpful for that short period of time earlier this year, but the Delta variant isn’t immune to the vaccine. However, the vaccine is still beneficial because it is statistically proven that having the vaccine will lower your chances of getting the virus, and if you do get the virus, it is also proven that your case is far more likely to be minor. Your chances of being hospitalized or even dying from the virus is also significantly lower. Thankfully, there are vaccines in the works to fend off the stronger variants that do exist or may come to exist.
In many different ways, COVID has brought depression on depression for many people. In fact, Medical News Today states, “The study’s findings showed that not only has the pandemic caused a rise in depression, but it also indicated this increase is worse compared to other large-scale traumatic events, such as severe weather, terror attacks, or previous pandemics.” MNT also states that depression rates have nearly tripled during the pandemic.
When thinking about it, that number is astonishing considering how many of my peers already suffered from depression and other mental health disorders before the pandemic. It does make sense, however. Being trapped inside on lock down for a few months was really hard on most people. Humans need social interaction and we were deprived of that for a while. For many people, they are immunodeficient and have more reason to worry than others do. And finally, many of us know people that we have lost to COVID-19.
It’s important that people take the time to stop and process what they are feeling, and know that it’s okay to not be okay. Talk to your doctor, ask for therapist recommendations, and consider medication to help bring you out of your slump. Talk to your friends and family, and try to do things that bring you joy.